“Our work may seem at times to be very discouraging, but if one soul is turned from the error of his way to righteousness, there is joy in heaven. The FATHER and the SON rejoice in the presence of the angels. The song of triumph and victory is sung and echoed and reechoed through the courts of heaven. Then why should we not be wise in this life and work for the glory of GOD.”E.G. White, Manuscript 6a, 1886
For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, teaching us that, denying impiety and worldly desires, we should live soberly and righteously and piously in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God, and of our Saviour Jehoshua the Messiah; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people for His own possession, zealous of good works.Titus 2:11-14 (KJV/RV, margin/YLT/ISV/custom)
Thus actions repeated form habits, habits form character, and by the character our destiny for time and for eternity is decided.E.G. White, Christ‘s Object Lessons, p. 356
When we believe in Christ as our personal Saviour, the peace of Christ is ours. The reconciliation provided for us in the atonement of Christ, is the foundation of our peace. Gloomy feelings are no evidence that the promises of God are of no effect. You look at your feelings, and because your outlook is not all brightness, you begin to draw more closely the garment of heaviness about your soul. You look within yourself, and think that God is forsaking you. You are to look to Christ. “In Me,” Christ says, “ye shall have peace.” Entering into communion with the Saviour, we enter the region of peace.E.G. White, Signs of the Times, August 11, 1909
All who would bring forth fruit as workers together with Christ must first fall into the ground and die. The life must be cast into the furrow of the world’s need. Self-love, self-interest, must perish. And the law of self-sacrifice is the law of self-preservation. … To give is to live. The life that will be preserved is the life that is freely given in service to God and man. Those who for Christ’s sake sacrifice their life in this world will keep it unto life eternal.
— E.G. White, Desire of Ages, pp. 623-624
When we see Jesus, a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief, working to save the lost, slighted, scorned, derided, driven from city to city till His mission was accomplished; when we behold Him in Gethsemane, sweating great drops of blood, and on the cross dying in agony,—when we see this, self will no longer clamor to be recognized. Looking unto Jesus, we shall be ashamed of our coldness, our lethargy, our self-seeking. We shall be willing to be anything or nothing, so that we may do heart service for the Master. We shall rejoice to bear the cross after Jesus, to endure trial, shame, or persecution for His dear sake.E.G. White, Desire of Ages, pp. 439-440
Recently, my husband did a little studying, comparing the terms godliness and piety. The meanings are almost identical, yet the common usages led him to prefer piety. Although I am not sure that I generally prefer piety myself, it is a good word nonetheless! In the process of looking at what Sister White says about it, he came across these two quotes equating piety with power. I really loved them and decided to share. May they be a blessing to you!Read more
Brethren and sisters, let us cultivate unfeigned faith. Let unbending uprightness and lofty integrity characterize our every action. Let us give Christ the first place in our hearts. Let us make Him the man of our counsel. Looking unto Jesus in true simplicity, we shall inherit the overcomer’s reward.
— E.G. White, Letter 48, 1907